Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Jane Smiley is one of my very favourite writers and she churns up some riveting stuff in the above link - well worth reading.
Like the late, great Molly Ivens, she is fearless in her analysis of how things went so terribly wrong in her country.
The Iraq quagmire is sucking the life out of our neighbour down south, the dollar shrinking, housing markets decimated, personal bankruptcies through the roof, no health care for its citizens, New Orleans a no-go for the people who used to live there, one out of every 150 of its citizens in jail and more jails being built every day, its military outsourced to private and for profit mercenaries (was there ever a name with such a death knell ring to it as 'Blackwater'?), and the Patriot Act in all its permutations stripping the Constitution of any of the 'freedoms' so proudly bandied about by the flag wavers. And the media operating at just about the level of a trained poodle (Blair, anyone?)
And Iran may be the next target for the bringing of 'democracy'?
Bumper Sticker seen on U.S. vehicle here in Newfoundland:
Be nice to me or I will bring democracy to your country too!
Thank heavens for Jon Stewart, Keith Olbermann and Stephen Colbert who through satire and wit (and lately a healthy disgust) bring the actual truth to their audiences.